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  • Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, and Rika M.L. Meyer, PhD, recently received $5,000 from the Massage Therapy Foundation for their project, “Massage Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care.” In collaboration with the palliative care team, this award expands the existing Heart Touch Project by bringing massage to patients on the palliative care service. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, can drastically improve quality of life for patients with chronic pain, but little research has been conducted in pediatric palliative care. By better understanding the benefits, Gold and colleagues hope to influence the routine inclusion of CAM therapies into the treatment of children with chronic health conditions.

  • Muller Fabbri, MD, PhD, served as the sole editor of the recently published book, “Non-coding RNAs and Cancer.” From identifying the physiology of cancer biomarkers to the collection and analysis of genetic data, this book leads researchers through the multifactorial interaction between non-coding RNAs and cancer development. The book specifically examines the role of microRNAs in regulating gene expression during carcinogenesis and reveals unexpected functions of these particular non-coding RNAs. These new discoveries will lead to the identification of molecular anticancer targets for cancer therapy, and may revolutionize the way physicians treat and care for cancer patients.

  • Skorn Ponrartana, MD, MPH, focuses on imaging  children from the fetal period to early childhood to identify potential pediatric biomarkers that predict later disease in life. Specifically, he is using nonionizing MRI to safely examine placental morphology and the development of fetal characteristics through birth and infancy. The early identification of disease markers may serve as a way to predict the later development of pervasive public health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  


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